After the successful run of Team Philippines in the Rio Olympics, by ending its 20-year medal drought- Thanks to teh silver medal finish of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the Philippines will now move on to its next battles in sports – the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games, and then Tokyo in 2020.
For Rio chef-de-mission Jose Romasanta, the Philippines’ stint in the Rio Olympics was a “good run,” thanks in part to Diaz’s sensational effort.
He believes that medals can be won in the Olympics if the Philippines does what needs to be done. Specifically, he cited the need to do a better job in discovering talents who can deliver the goods.
“It’s about time we come up with a really organized approach, a documented program, professional in manner and in management style,” Romasanta said.
“We need a third eye,” he stressed. “We need to commission an independent body with the objective of assessing what really has to be done.”
Romasanta, the first vice president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), is speaking from experience as the head of the now-defunct Project: Gintong Alay, which saw him steer the nation to great heights in sports.
“We need an agency or a group to champion this,” said Romasanta ahead of the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympics in the Maracaña Stadium. “I’m batting for a management group to help everybody through it, and to help organize our plans.”
Romasanta said the Philippines cannot keep going back to the drawing board after each international competition, and cannot rely on sports summits that don’t achieve much.
“Hindi puwede dakdakan lang. (It can’t be all talk). It has to come in an organized manner,” he stressed. “We can all have our two cents’ worth. But we need to put things in fine form and professionally done.”
To be successful in the Olympics, the Philippines must first identify the sports where Filipinos can really excel, and then find the talent.